Articles | June 2017

  • Necessary Time

    Devotionals | June 30, 2017

    It takes time to engage in the replenishing habits that nurture and strengthen our relationship with God. With the demands of life pulling at us, investing time with Him requires intentionality. Yes, it will take time away from other things, even time away from important things. But the time we spend with God—laying our hearts bare before Him, nurturing our leadership perspective, seeking His wisdom and way for our leadership interactions—is well worth it, both for us, and those we serve.

  • Make Your Mark

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | June 29, 2017

    Carol Wilcox finished well. After over three decades in ministry, she made a graceful exit into retirement, celebrating with family and friends into a new season of life. Carol’s success is largely attributed to her focus and daily decisions as she responded to Matthew 22:37: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”

  • Transformed by Love

    Devotionals | June 28, 2017

    As we come to know whose we are and become increasingly familiar with God’s character, we cannot help but be overwhelmed at the depth of His love for us. His love is a powerful change agent; it permeates our attitudes, thoughts, words, and actions. It transforms our lives, bringing new purpose and meaning. When we extend His love to others, it transforms them, as well. Are we being so transformed by His love that we find ourselves loving others like Jesus loves us, even if that means loving out of our comfort zone? Who will you love like Jesus today?

  • Gratitude

    Blog | Karen McGuire | June 27, 2017

    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,

    for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


  • Follow the Light

    Devotionals | June 26, 2017

    Our eyes are drawn to light. Light in all its forms—a pinprick of light that illuminates a dark room, moving light, changing light—draws our attention. Jesus said that He is the light of the world. Are our eyes as tuned to spiritual light as they are to physical light? Do we strain to catch a glimpse of Jesus, the Light of the world, whose presence stands out like life-giving light in a dark world? Look for Him to go before you today, and follow where He leads.

  • Hearts Overflowing

    Devotionals | June 23, 2017

    Daniel’s life shows the power of a heart transformed by faith in God. A transformed heart is a grateful heart. A heart filled with gratitude overflows in praise to the Giver of Life. It perceives the world (and the people in it) differently. It is strengthened in faith, and grows in confidence that God will continue to show Himself strong on our behalf. What has God done in your life? How do you see the world differently because of who He is?

  • Lack of Time or Lack of Interest?

    Blog | Robert and Lori Ferguson | June 22, 2017

    One of our good friends was already in the last years of his life when we met him.

    Albert was a bachelor all his life. In WWII he had been a merchant marine who’d been on a sinking ship not once, not twice, but three times. He’d been a prisoner of war. His words often flew out of his mouth before he’d had a chance to sensor them. And he had definite opinions on everything.

    He was the crustiest man we’ve ever known. Yet, through Albert’s actions he did lead like Jesus.

    He put God first.

  • Chris and Karin Conlee: Too Overwhelmed to Lead Well

    Roadmap to overcoming business

    Podcast | June 21, 2017

    In 2002 Chris and Karin Conlee launched Highpoint Church in Memphis, TN, and have been serving the Memphis community ever since. Chris and Karin also host Love Works podcast where they interview influential leaders and offer best practices for your life, ministry, and business.

    In today’s podcast Karin and Chris discuss issues that affect every leader like: pressure, stress, business and feeling overwhelmed.

  • Timeless Words

    Devotionals | June 21, 2017

    The Lord’s words to Jeremiah have a timeless quality. They speak of people who choose to trust in their own strength and philosophy, instead of drawing from the life God offers. In a word, they speak of pride. Note that these words are spoken about God’s people. We are not immune to pride, rebellion, and replacing God as the center of our lives. God is the only source of life that endures. What fuels your leadership?

  • Taming the Tongue

    Blog | June 20, 2017

    “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” -Psalm 141:3

    And my heart just sinks. You see, there are scriptures that are deeply set in eschatology, the study of Christ, that require much study and contemplation to find understanding. Then there are scriptures like Psalm 141:3 that are just as practical as they can be and I remember how important the ‘little’ things are. One of those ‘little’ things is knowing when to speak.